Obsession with the sexual misconduct of celebrities and politicians has gotten so bad that maybe â€śInside Editionâ€ť will report breathlessly tonight that 60 years ago young Howdy Doody was molested by old Mister Bluster.
Scandal it all may be but it is an awfully old one, from the rape of the Sabine women in ancient Rome to Cole Porterâ€™s â€śWell, Did You Evah?,â€ť which Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra sang so cleverly in the 1956 movie â€śHigh Societyâ€ť:
Have you heard that Mimsie Starr,
She got pinched in the Astor bar?
Maybe the next Dead Sea scroll will reveal that before Adam settled down with Eve he was stalking her cousin Lilith.
Really, is there anyone on the planet who, when young, was not leered at, harassed, molested, seduced, exploited, or worse by someone older, bigger, stronger, or more powerful?
A Quinnipiac University poll last week reported that 60 percent of women admit having been sexually harassed. The poll did not survey men, but boys and young men long have been harassed and molested too.
Indeed, lost in last weekâ€™s hysteria over celebrities and politicians was the arrest of a woman teacher at a high school in Oklahoma who was caught carrying on with a male student.
The county sheriff observed, â€śIâ€™m no longer surprised by the people who commit these crimes, because predators come from all walks of life.â€ť
That is, theyâ€™re not all celebrities and politicians.
Chris Powell is managing editor of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester.